Born Florence Helbig in South Ozone Park, she recognized her call to religious life as a teenager and completed her high school education at the Dominican Sisters’ Juniorate, then located at Villa Maria, Watermill, L.I. She entered the congregation on Sept. 8, 1951, and received her habit and religious name the following year. On Aug. 7, 1953, she pronounced her vows.
Her early ministry was in elementary education. She taught at Holy Family School, Park Slope; St. Hugh of Lincoln School, Huntington Station, L.I., and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Lindenhurst, L.I. During these years, her father converted to Catholicism and Sister Ann Veronica credited her friend, Sister St. Joseph, with helping to bring about this blessing.
In 1976, she began her service at the Amityville Motherhouse as a driver, taking members of the congregation to doctor’s appointments and to fulfill other tasks.
In 2008, she began her ministry of intercessory prayer in Carlin Hall at the Motherhouse. Two years later, poor health necessitated a move to Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood.
She is survived by her brother Robert.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Albert’s Chapel, Amityville, Jan. 5. Interment followed in the Sisters’ cemetery.